Romeo and Juliet

A
West Side Love Story

West Side Love Story transplants that old Capulet/Montague tale to Texas and gives us a fun, spirited and fresh take on that tale of forbidden love.  In the hands of Priscilla Oliveras, the old becomes new, and fun and sexual combustibility prevail. San Antonio native and E.R. nurse Mariana Capu ...

A-
Ramón and Julieta

There is a single off plot point in Ramón and Julieta, but you’ll be darned to notice it while you’re nose-deep in the thick of reading it. It’s fun, light-hearted, and without the heavy sturm und drang of your usual Romeo and Juliet retelling; it’s got a lot of spirit and enough spice to m ...

A+
Our Violent Ends

I have been blown away.  Chloe Gong set a high bar with These Violent Delights, a 1920s fantasy version of Romeo and Juliet which transports the story’s action to Shanghai.  Our Violent Ends is the first book’s equal.  Gong’s talent remains unstinting.  You need to read this book. It’ ...

A
These Violent Delights

Stunning prose, a pulse-pounding romance, and unexpected twists upon Shakespeare’s familiar tale of youthful but doomed love make These Violent Delights a high-quality read for anyone who likes a good gangster tale with a heavy skosh of romance thrown in. It’s Shanghai in 1926, and a war betw ...

C+
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

One of the hardest things about reviewing is grading a book with strong writing that for some reason leaves you cold. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is such a book. Normally, I love books that put a different spin on classical literature, and stories featuring lovers from rival clans is one of my favorite ...

B
Magnolia

The Romeo and Juliet story has been done to death. So it was quite refreshing to pick up Magnolia by Kristi Cook, a story that promised Romeo and Juliet in reverse. And despite a heroine and hero who are a little too close to perfect, this book delivered on that promise. In the town of Magnolia B ...

B+
Julie and Romeo

Julie and Romeo is simply a heart-warmer of a tale. Loosely based on the classic Romeo and Juliet, it has a happy ending and enough interesting twists for those who like something different in a romance. Julie Roseman is a sixty-year-old divorcee who owns a failing family flower business. Her ...

A
A Bed of Spices

I have been glomming Ruth Wind/Barbara Samuel for a while. The results have been quite successful, but locating her full-length historicals as written under her real name has been difficult. I searched longest for A Bed of Spices, the book I had been most eager to lay my hands on, since it is one of ...

B
Romeo and Julia

Romeo & Julia is the antithesis of the “sweet savage romance,” which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s not a lot of ugly, melodramatic conflict. There’s no overwhelming “I hate you, but I lust after you anyway” passion. Instead, there’s a hero who’s quite a bit younge ...